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Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures

DEP Field SOPs

DEP Bureau of Lab Report Search
Clearinghouse for reports involving bioassessment, including fifth year inspections, basin studies, ecosummaries, springs studies, and TMDL studies.

Florida LAKEWATCH is a volunteer citizen lake monitoring program that facilitates "hands-on" citizen participation in the management of Florida lakes through monthly monitoring activities. Coordinated through the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, the program has been in existence since 1986. LAKEWATCH is one of the largest lake monitoring programs in the nation with over 1800 trained citizens monitoring 600+ lakes, in more than 40 counties.

Chironomidae and Water Beetles of Florida
John Epler's web page presenting current information on the taxonomy and distribution of these groups of insects in Florida and elsewhere.  Links to idenytification keys and taxonomic updates.

Surf Your Watershed
Florida has 54 watersheds, which one do you live in? Access an environmental profile of your watershed from the EPA.  This site provides an online catalog of environmental links to air and water quality, landuse information and environmental action groups that can be located by geography.

River at a Glance
Check out weekly water quality on the St Johns River from the FDEP Northeast District Office.

Hillsborough County Watershed Atlas
The Hillsborough County Water Resources Atlas is designed to provide citizens, scientists, professionals, and planners with comprehensive and current water quality, hydrologic, and ecological data, as well as information about recreational opportunities and a library of scientific and educational materials on water resource issues.

Water Management Districts

EPA Sites

Biological Indicators of Watershed Health
EPA's website providing basic information on bioassessment with links to the technical documents below (or order paper copies of EPA bioassessment and biocriteria guidance documents online).  This site presents the fundamentals of bioassessment, including why we use biological indicators to assesses water quality and watershed health, through a combination of linked text and photos.    Maps illustrating trends are used to explain how we use biological data to track changes in water quality.

EPA’s Bioassessment and Biocriteria Homepage

Factsheet: Biological Criteria   Produced by the EPA, this factsheet provides a brief introduction to the concepts of bioassessment

Biological Criteria: National Program Guidance for Surface Waters  
A document from the EPA providing guidance for development and implementation of narrative biological criteria by states, as directed by priorities established in the FY 1991 Agency Operating Guidance.

EPA's "Rapid Bioassessment Protocols For Use in Streams and Rivers"
A document produced by the EPA to provide States and local water quality monitoring agencies with a practical technical reference for conducting cost-effective biological assessments of lotic systems.

National Technical Documents and Resources

ITIS- Integrated Taxonomic Information Service
A partnership of U.S., Canadian, and Mexican agencies, other organizations, and taxonomic specialists cooperating on the development of an on-line, scientifically credible, list of biological names focusing on the biota of North America. ITIS is also a participating member of Species 2000, an international project indexing the world's known species.

Stream Corridor Restoration: Principles, Practices, and Processes
This document is the result of a cooperative effort among fifteen Federal agencies and partners to produce a common reference on stream corridor restoration in response to a growing national and international public interest in restoring stream corridors.  It encapsulates the rapidly expanding body of knowledge related to stream corridors and their restoration while presenting the full range of possibilities facing restoration practitioners, including "no-action" or passive approaches, partial intervention for assisted recovery, and substantial intervention for managed recovery. (As this document is very large, ~900 pages, it is available as a pdf file, and requires a pdf viewer, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader to be viewed or printed.  Acrobat Reader can be obtained free by accessing http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html)  

Methods for Characterizing Stream Habitat as Part of the National Water Quality Assessment Program
USGS Open File Report 93-408

Stream Visual Assessment Protocol
This document, from the USDA, presents an easy-to-use assessment protocol to evaluate the condition of aquatic ecosystems associated with streams. The protocol does not require expertise in aquatic biology or extensive training. Least-impacted reference sites are used to provide a standard of comparison.

Water Words Dictionary Index
A compilation of technical water, water quality, environmental, and water-related terms produced by the Nevada Division of Water Resources, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

MasterBug Theater
Presents an easy to understand slide show on juvenile aquatic insects and their usefulness as indicators of water quality. 

Stream Study
A site developed by the Save Our Streams project of the Izaak Walton League of America.    Provides a method to determine the water quality of a stream based on the collection and identification of stream-bottom macroinvertebrates. Includes an interactive key as well as information on why macroinvertebrates are useful in assessing water quality.

Know your Watershed
This site by CTIC serves as a watershed information clearinghouse- providing videos, games, FAQs, and regional contact information.

Universities Water Information Network - WETLIST 
This site provides links to a variety of water-related web sites and has a searchable database of water-related documents available on the web.

Bureau of Land Management - National Aquatic Monitoring Center
Provides processing of aquatic invertebrate samples for a number of western states.    This site includes their lab protocols, as well as descriptions of ongoing projects and publications.

The home of volunteer biomonitoring in Washington state, this site provides a variety of resources. Biomonitoring publications available range field and lab sampling protocols and quality assurance plans to documents outlining the foundations of biological monitoring (what is biological integrity, defining and measuring river health, etc.)  This site also provides information on biomonitoring related videos, including one which explains the concept of biological integrity and why biological monitoring is an important tool for assessing stream health.  This site also provides unique resources aimed at volunteer monitoring participants including  interactive maps of monitored sites which both allow for access to site data and also enables dynamic site location and data uploading by volunteers.

The Freshwater Trust
This site distributes information for Oregon's RiverKeeper program, a volunteer biomonitoring effort involving concerned individuals and local communities interested in the protection, restoration and enhancement of wild, native fish in the Pacific Northwest.    RiverKeeper provides training on the principles of river stewardship and acts as a support network for volunteer monitoring in Oregon.

Xerces Society - Aquatic Monitoring Program  Provides technical assistance on bioassessment techniques and protocols, volunteer training in bioassessment protocols, maintains a database of aquatic macroinvertebrates found in northwestern states. 

Professional Organizations

Florida Association of Benthologists
FAB is an organization formed to share expertise and information on the use of aquatic community structures and processes (quantity and quality of the biota) to evaluate water quality conditions and ecosystem function.  This site has links to FABs meeting minutes and newsletters, as well as notices of upcoming meetings.

North American Benthological Society Home Page
Produced by NABS, an international scientific organization whose purpose is to promote better understanding of the biotic communities of lake and stream bottoms and their role in aquatic ecosystems, this site has links to the Society's journal and other technical publications.

Florida Lake Management Society (FLMS)
The mission of the Florida Lake Managemement Society is to promote protection, enhancement, conservation, restoration, and management of Florida's aquatic resources; provide a forum for education and information exchange; and advocate environmentally sound and economically feaseble lake and aquatic resources management for the citizens of Florida. 

North American Lake Management Society (NALMS)
NALMS is a non-profit, all-VOLUNTEER organization aiming "to forge partnerships among citizens, scientists, and professionals to foster the management and protection of lakes and reservoirs for today and tomorrow."

Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society (FAPMS)
The Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society (FAPMS) was formed in 1976 and provides a forum for those interested in aquatic plant management to meet, discuss and exchange ideas and information. The website contains information about aquatic plant management and the FAPMS annual conference.

Southeastern Water Pollution Biologists Association (SWPBA)
The Southeastern Water Pollution Biologists Association is a non-profit organization that exists to promote further understanding of the aquatic biological communities and the impact of pollutants on the aquatic ecosystems and to provide a medium for exchange of appropriate information among the membership.

Last updated: June 30, 2015

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